October 13th, 2008
03:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll Update: McCain faces wide gap

McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.
McCain is down 8 points in CNN's latest poll of polls.

(CNN) - As John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to defend states President Bush easily carried four years ago, a new CNN poll of polls Monday shows Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over the Arizona senator nationwide.

The new poll of polls, comprised of six recently released surveys, ties the largest lead Obama has held over McCain this election cycle, and suggests the Republican presidential hopeful faces an increasingly difficult task to turn around voter sentiment by Election Day.

According to the new poll of polls, Obama leads McCain 50-42 percent with 8 percent still undecided. That number incorporates new polls from ABC/Washington Post, Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Newsweek, Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby, Gallup, and Diageo/Hotline.

Campaigning in Virginia earlier Monday, McCain acknowledged his deficit in the polls, and said the national media has all but declared the race over.

"We have 22 days to go. We're 6 points down," he said. "The national media has written us off…. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we've got them just where we want them."

Meanwhile, a new CNN poll of polls out of the state of Nevada shows Obama holding on to his advantage in a state that narrowly voted for Bush in 2004. The latest poll of polls shows Obama with a 4 point lead there, 49 to 45 percent. That compares to a 3 point lead Obama held in Nevada last week. CNN considers Nevada a tossup state in its electoral map.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
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  1. American for obama------

    Fox news has Obama leading? now that's something

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. vp

    1. Palin – trying woo Hullary's supporters back fired
    2. I am going to washington to fix econmomy – did not work
    3. Ayers – did not get traction
    4. Wright – a dead snake – cant beat it anymore
    5. Muslim – did not work
    6. Policies – not McCain's stuff – too diffcikut, forget it – no reublican has ever won on issues ecept that grat Regan, and Mccain is no Reagan
    7. Obama is an alien – may work – give it try
    Any more ideas people?
    Maverick – what an insult to that word!!

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. David in Illinois

    Now McCain's a "fighter"? Why didn't he declare himself a fighter weeks or months ago when this economic disaster was unfolding.
    Why? Because he and his party are mostly to blame (I'm not saying
    Dems are blameless). McCain's good buddy Mr. Bush has had 8 years of executive branch stewardship. You live by the sword.... you die by the sword. You live by deregulation and incompetence, you die by those same attirbutes.
    And let's not forget the depths of negative campaigning McCain/Palin have dragged this country into? Lastly, why in the world would ANYBODY vote for Mrs. Palin, who has been found guilty of "abusing power" before she even got to Washington. Electing her would be CHANGE???????? No way, no how.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Obama and the living dead

    GO JOHN YOU CAN DO IT!

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. curtis

    Obama, will win this election unless the republicans manufacture a terrorist attack on the country. It is not beyond the realm of possibility.

    October 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. John in Ohio

    If it wasn't for notoriously Republican-biased Zogby polls, McCain would be even lower.

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Abby

    Don’t believe the polls, Team Obama. Let’s continue to do the work. We can rest on November 5th.

    GOD willing, Yes We Can.

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. andrea

    Yah !Hes got some republicans were he wants them! he's got them In hate mode, and lie mode and Im realy not crazy mode! He will not have me where he wants me! and that is voting for him! NO mccain NO palin Vote Obama!

    October 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. kalkrish

    For sure maccain will win this race and he will be doing good and people will be voting for him after thinking about obama who is not a true man and never told truth about his connections with radical groups.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Darryl

    To all you Senator John McCain supporter you don't speak for me..Senator John McCain voted against the New Vet GI Bill. He voted against at least 20 Bills that help the military, so get your story right... The Military is not behind nor are they for Senator John McCain....

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    Thank you SMART voters.... American voters are REJECTING the HATE SPEECHES, NEGATIVE ENERGY, DIVISIVE ATTITUDES of McCain/Palin. McCain has PROVEN to be ERRATIC and UNSTABLE.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    This next debate is going to be "make it or break it" for McCain if this slide keeps up. What can he do to pull himself off of this slippery slope? He needs to be who he is, not who the GOP string pullers want him to be.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Randall from Texas

    McCain is doomed to defeat.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. voter

    McCain was suppose to roll out a new economic plan. Now they have no plan. As always, the McCain camp likes to use the media for their specticle of a campaign. If with 3 weeks to go before the election and McCain has no plan for the economy, then he should not be running for president.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. David Goldman for OBAMA

    MCBUSH PILOTED OUR ECONOMY

    THE SAME WAY HE DID HIS PLANE.

    NOE WE ARE PRISONERS OF HIS & BUSH'S

    MAVERICK ECONOMICS OF WAR & DEREGULATION.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. independent in Texas

    No way McCain...Not this time..we the PEOPLW are speaking now ! Obama is gonna win by good margin..
    Whites for Obama..in texas and everywhere...
    D.Bradshaw
    Measure the drapes carefully Michelle, your going IN...

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Obama is going to lose...LOL!

    Can't wait for you all to try and figure it out.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Eric

    I already voted for Obama, so i guess McSame is out of luck for my vote.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Woman for Obama

    Barack Obama..a man for the times...someone we can be proud of when he gets up to speak, meets with foreign leaders, gives press conferences, reaches across the aisle and leads back into prosperity and world respect. I, for one, can't wait.

    October 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Not going to happen, my friend.

    We honor Senator McCain, but his campaign is run amd supporterd by hateful idiots.

    Obama will be our next president.

    October 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Michael

    This may not be the end of the race John my boy, but guess what, even though that poll may not show the voters who will turn their back on Barack because of his skin color, but it also does not account for most of the young voters who support Barack and do not have traditonal means of being contacted by pollsters. I would bet on a Obama Landslide any day!

    October 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Ken in Dallas

    Mccain ought to take his little fight into someplace private... preferably with padded walls.

    October 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. MD, TX

    Just saw Obama's economic rescue plan. It is the same as Bush's except that it extends taxpayer money to state and local governments.

    Obama is a joke.

    October 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Michael, Farmington, NH

    I'm taking the morning off on Wednesday to protest Sarah Palin's appearance here in Dover, NH.

    I'm not entirely certain what McCain means by having "them" right where he wants them... seems like more bluster and posturing on his part. In the mean time the rats are leaving the sinking ship.

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. The Republican Conscience

    How can that be? Doesn't everybody want more war?? Hasn't the last 8 years been great??

    October 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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